The NBA recently announced that they will be pulling their All Star Game from Charlotte, due to the “climate” caused by the passage of controversial bill HB2.
In a grossly hypocritical statement, the NBA said that its core values include “respect for others” and a “willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.”
Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change,” the league said. “We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.
As we’ve seen in other issues, the radical left is only willing to listen to points of views that agree with theirs. To the radical left, opposing points of view are not allowed, and they will only include those that agree with them.
Now, the NBA is a private organization that can choose to do business where and with whom that they choose. That much is clear. But the NBA has decided to wade into political issues with this move, so it’s time that they take a stand; if HB2 makes them so uncomfortable, then do much more than pull one game from Charlotte and North Carolina. Make a stronger statement by pulling the franchise from Charlotte and relocating them to another city without such a law. Maybe Los Angeles, New York, and Miami could use another franchise.
The NBA is blackmailing an entire city and state to conform to their views. That is not diversity, inclusion, fairness, nor respect for others or a willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view. This is blatant extortion. No matter how you feel about the issue, the NBA can’t preach to us about diversity and inclusion when, but their own actions, they’re punishing people because they hold a different point of view.